News & Announcements

ETFO Jan. 28 strike: All UGDSB elementary schools to close - UGDSB secondary schools will remain open

On Tuesday Jan. 28, all UGDSB ELEMENTARY schools will be closed to students due to the one-day ETFO strike, unless the strike is averted. Elementary schools will re-open to students on Jan. 29. All UGDSB SECONDARY schools will remain open to students on Jan. 28 and will operate as usual. Jan. 28 is an exam day in secondary schools; exams will continue as scheduled.

TRANSPORTATION: On Jan. 28, buses/student transportation for all UGDSB elementary students will be cancelled; transportation for UGDSB secondary students will run as normal.

COMMUNITY USE OF SCHOOLS AND CHILD CARE: Community Use of Schools and third-party operated child care centres remain open during this labour action. Some Before and/or After School Programs may be operating and each operator will communicate directly with families.​

FEB 3-7 STRIKES: UGDSB elementary schools will be closed to students on Feb. 4 and Feb. 6, unless the ETFO strikes are averted. For additional details visit: http://ow.ly/iXz450y69uN

UPDATES: Please continue to check the board website for updates at www.ugdsb.ca/labour.

Information for parents/guardians about coronavirus

Posted January 27, 2020

Information for UGDSB parents and guardians regarding coronavirus.

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Important letter regarding Term 1 Report Cards

Posted January 22, 2020

Please read for important information about the impact current provincial job action will have on elementary Term 1 report cards.

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School Council Movie Night is coming

Posted January 20, 2020

Join us on Thursday, January 30th for Toy Story 4.  Doors open at 6:00pm. The movie starts at 6:30pm. Enjoy a night out with your family. FREE ADMISSION * MOVIE RAFFLE * FOOD & BEVERAGES PIZZA, HOT DOGS, POPCORN, CHIPS, CANDY & DRINKS FOR SALE PRE-ORDER PIZZA & HOT DOG COMBOS & SNACKS ...

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Important information about the Transportation website during strikes

Posted January 20, 2020

Please read for important information about student transportation (busing) communication during a strike that results in the closure of schools to students. 

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NEW DATE: JK Registration & French Immersion On-Time Application Window

Posted January 10, 2020

The French Immersion on-time application deadline has been extended to Monday January 20, 2020, at 4 p.m.

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Get Involved and Make A Difference with our Battery Drive

Posted January 10, 2020

Did you know that each AA battery also contains enough zinc to save 6 lives? Help John Black make a difference in the lives of so many people around the world. Battery Drive

The Great Clothing Swap is coming

Posted January 6, 2020

Out with the old and in with the new “to you” . Coming to John Black on January 29th. Clothing Swap 2020

Kindergarten Registration begins January 7th, 2020.

Posted January 6, 2020

Registration for new UGDSB JK and SK students for September 2020 will take place at your child’s home school from January 7-17, 2020.

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Guelph Nighthawks Basketball opportunity – May 12, 2020

Posted December 16, 2019

John Black has been fortunate enough to be given the opportunity to attend a Guelph Nighthawks Basketball game on May 12th. The game is being held during the school day. We will be offering this to Junior and Intermediate students that are interested in going. We only have a certain ...

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Picture Re-take Day Rescheduled

Posted December 3, 2019

Picture re-takes have been rescheduled to this Friday morning. Please have students bring the original package with them on Friday. Any student who missed the initial photo day can have their picture taken as well.

Do you have a child starting JK or SK in September 2020?

Posted November 19, 2019

The Upper Grand District School Board is hosting four Kindergarten registration INFORMATION nights in November and December 2019.

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Severe Inclement Weather Days

Posted November 14, 2019

Now that the winter weather is here, a reminder on Transportation's and the school board's procedures and communication methods on severe inclement weather days: https://www.ugdsb.ca/schools/inclement-weather-procedures/

Kindergarten Registration Information Nights

Posted November 14, 2019

We are hosting four KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION INFORMATION NIGHTS for the 2020 – 2021 school year. You may attend any Information Night regardless of what school your child will attend. These are information nights only - Kindergarten registration will occur January 7-17, 2020. For more information ...

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Important information regarding WHY Survey – a joint survey between UGDSB and WDG Public Health

Posted November 8, 2019

This year Upper Grand District School Board and Wellington Dufferin Guelph Public Health are collecting information on student health and well-being from youth, parents and school staff. The Well-Being and Health Youth Surveys are designed to help us understand how well we are doing creating safe, welcoming, and inclusive environments in our schools. It also provides important information about the physical and mental health of youth in our area. 

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Job action and labour updates: Information for parents/guardians 

Posted October 3, 2019

Parents/guardians are encouraged to visit www.ugdsb.ca/labour for on-going updates from the school board regarding provincial job action. 

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Bullying Prevention Plan and Safe, Equitable and Inclusive School Strategy September 2019

Posted September 23, 2019

School Bullying And Prevention Plan 2019

Important Information Regarding Paving in our School Area

Posted September 6, 2019

Please read the following memo outlining paving that is scheduled to begin on Monday, September 9th.   Construction Memo_Sept 6 2019

First Day Procedures

Posted August 29, 2019

We are looking forward to welcoming everyone on Tuesday, September 3rd. See below for our First Day plans: Supervision begins at 8:34 and our instructional day begins promptly at 8:50. Please note that students who arrive by bus will be directed to the back of the school using the side walkway and will ...

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Smoke and Vape-Free Environment

Posted August 29, 2019

The Upper Grand DSB provides a smoke and vape-free environment for its students, staff and others while on Board property, in accordance with the Smoke-Free Ontario Act and Board policy 208.  This policy refers to all forms of tobacco, and any processed form of tobacco that may be smoked, inhaled ...

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Parking Safety

Posted August 29, 2019

Keeping everyone safe is our priority. Parking Letter From UGDSB

Be Prepared with Student Accident Insurance

Posted August 29, 2019

Reminder for parents/guardians: Accidents happen – be prepared with Student Accident Insurance  Parents/guardians are responsible for expenses related to student injuries on and off school premises during school activities.  Accidents can and do happen and the costs involved might not be fully covered by Provincial Health Care or employer group insurance ...

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What you need to know to register your child for school

Posted August 12, 2019

The 2019-2020 school year begins on September 3, which means it is almost time to register your child if you are new to the Upper Grand District School Board.

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Code of Conduct 2019-2020

Posted May 10, 2019

School Code Of Conduct

Dress Code Policy and Guidelines

Posted May 10, 2019

John Black Dress Code Policy And Guidelines 2019

May 2019 Newsletter

Posted April 30, 2019

May 2019 Newsletter

Staff Presentation of the 2019 Long Term Accommodation Plan (LTAP) Annual Review Report

Posted March 29, 2019

The 2019 Long Term Accommodation Plan (LTAP) Annual Review Report was presented at the Business Operations Committee meeting on March 19, 2019. This purpose of this report is to review updated data and any other changes affecting accommodation. It is necessary for staff to monitor the relevance of the Board’s work ...

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School Zone Safety

Posted January 7, 2019

Today a Crossing Guard started at the new pedestrian crossing at Lamond and St Andrew's St E.  Please time a moment to read this important message regarding school safety zones. Let's keep everyone safe. Pedestrians play a role in keeping school crossing guards safe We all know that motorists play a crucial ...

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2019-2020 Family Information

Posted September 3, 2018

Please use this link to learn more about the Upper Grand District School Board's: Guiding Principles Life Threatening Illnesses Concussions Child Abuse Protection Policy and Procedures BYOD (Bring Your Own Device)-Personal Portable Technology Use FNMI Self identification Freedom of Information Safety Procedures Mental Health 2019 20 Common Agenda Pages (Final Revised March 18 19) 2019 20 Common Agenda Pages (Final ...

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Long Term Accommodation Plan (LTAP) Background Report and Public Engagement Plan

Posted January 31, 2018

On January 30, 2018, trustees approved a Public Engagement Plan as a part of the Board’s process to develop a Long Term Accommodation Plan (LTAP).
The LTAP is a strategic review of the Board’s facilities, population projections, and enrolment forecasts. At the end of the process, the LTAP will identify accommodation priorities for the Board. Public engagement is an important part of the LTAP process. We want to have conversations with our school communities to promote a shared understanding of local school issues.

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